Dante's 7 Levels Of Adulthood

Dante's 7 Levels Of Adulthood

Of course, adults are miserable.
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Being a legal adult is fantastic – you’re finally allowed an input in our crumbling government and people begin to care about and respect your input into conversations. On the other hand, adulthood is the worst thing that’s ever happened to you and it should be avoided at all cost.

It creeps up on you without you ever being aware, and the first thing that you must leave behind in your childhood days is your phone anxiety. Your mom will cease to make your doctors appointments and slowly, very slowly, will force you to make them yourself. How am I supposed to talk to the scary front desk lady, mom? I don’t know whether our insurance has changed.

This is apparently another part of being an adult. You’re forced to start learning about health insurance and pre-approval statements for credit cards, whatever that is. The last time we heard the words “interest rate” was in business class in high school and suddenly it’s actually applicable to our student loans? Wizardry, I tell you.

Not to mention that there are actually loans to pay. Credit card bills? Interest from unsubsidized loans? We’d almost forgotten how many made up words adults had for all their many sufferings until suddenly, they very clearly applied to our lives.

Work also applies to us. Mom and Dad aren’t the only ones with a job anymore, suddenly everyone in the household comes home exhausted from work at the end of the day. Your job takes up about half of your conversations nowadays. Your managers are ungrateful and your coworkers are crazy and you’re not paid enough to put up with all the shit you put up with. Gone are the days of endlessly free time; suddenly every spare hour that’s not devoted to school is spent at a dead-end job.

Of course, this dead-end job will soon lead to conversations over coffee with people you don't really want to talk to but have to talk to because that's what networking is. Of course, adults are completely and utterly miserable; nothing's better than forced social interaction with someone you have no interest in talking to beyond their capability to offer you a connection that will hopefully pay you more than your already miserable employer does.

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To High School Seniors In Their Last Semester

Senior year moves pretty fast; if you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.
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Dammit, you made it. The final semester of your senior year. You’re at the top of the food chain of high school, and it feels so good. You’re probably praying this last semester flies by, that you get out of town as soon as possible.

At this point, you’re calling teachers by their first names, the entire staff knows you by name, and you’re walking around school standing tall, owning those hallways. You’re convinced you’re ready to leave and move on to the next chapter in your life.

You’ve already experienced your last football game, standing in the cold in the front row of the student section all season long, decked out in your school colors and cheering loud and proud. That is, until they lost, and you realized you will never have that experience again. Never again.

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You already had your last winter break. Preparing and celebrating the holidays with your family, ice skating and sledding with your best friends. Those quiet nights alone in your room watching Netflix, taking for granted your loved ones just a few rooms away. Never again.

If you’re an athlete, you may have already played in your last game or ran your last race. The crowd cheering, proudly wearing your school’s name across your chest, giving it your all. For some, it may be the end of your athletic career. Before you knew it, you were standing in an empty gym, staring up at the banners and thinking about the mark you left on your school, wondering where on earth the time went. Never again.

I’m telling you right now, you’re going to miss it all. Everything you’ve ever known. Those early mornings when you debate going to first hour because you really need those McDonald’s hash browns. The late nights driving home from practice, stopping for ice cream of course, ready for a late night of homework. Getting food on a whim with your friends. Endless fights with your siblings. Your favorite chips in the pantry. A fridge full of food. Coming home to and getting tackled by your dog. Driving around your hometown, passing the same sights you’ve seen every day for as long as you can remember. Hugs from your mom after a long day. Laughs with your dad. And that best friend of yours? You’re going to miss them more than anything. I’m telling you right now, nothing will ever be the same. Never again.

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Before you start packing your bags, slow down, take a deep breath, and look around. You’ve got it pretty good here. The end of your senior year can be the time of your life; it’s truly amazing. So go to the winter dance, go to Prom, spend Senior Skip Day with your classmates, go to every sporting event you can, while you still can. College is pretty great, but it’s the little things you’re gonna miss the most. Don’t take it for granted because soon, you’ll be standing in a packed gym in your cap and gown, wondering where the heck the time went. You’ve got a long, beautiful life ahead of you, full of joy but also full of challenges. You’re going to meet so many wonderful people, people who will treat you right and people who won’t.


So, take it all in. Be excited for the future and look forward to it, but be mindful of the present. You’ve got this.
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I Met My Boyfriend Online And It Was One Of The Best Decisions Of My Life

I have everything I need in this one person.

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In late 2016, my first semester of college, I broke up with my ex-boyfriend of roughly two years. Shortly after, I decided to try dating apps to find someone else to talk to.

I know what you're thinking, "You were on a college campus. Why not go out and meet someone?"

I can answer that.

I didn't go out and meet anyone because rejection face to face is a lot harder on the self-esteem than a rejection on a dating app.

Anyway, I had been using Tinder for a couple of weeks when a photo of a blue-eyed guy with a dog caught my eye. I swiped right and luckily, so had he. He hit me with the pickup line "I usually go for 7s or 8s but I think a 10 will do." We set a couple dates that fell through before we finally went on one and the rest you can read about here.

I had never met Dylan before we got together. So I had the opportunity of getting to know him without any prior knowledge or impressions. Which means I have also gotten to watch him grow and change from that point and it has been incredibly rewarding.

We weren't the perfect match from the beginning. We had nothing in common and we challenged each other in almost every single way possible. We hit quite a few rough patches. We did a lot of bickering and not a lot of compromising. But, all of this actually end up being a good thing.

We did a lot of growing together. We did a lot of learning, too. There were things had to learn about myself and fix that I would have never known were issues had I not met Dylan. There were problems I would never have gotten through alone and with his insight and rationality in the face of problems, I got out on top.

There were times when I had to call him out on things and help him work through things he couldn't go through alone. Through all of this, we became stronger and happier as individuals and together.

We experienced a lot of great things together as well. Dylan took me to my first Metallica concert after he had gotten tickets for his birthday. We got to spend the day in Baltimore, ate at the Hardrock Cafe and enjoyed a brand new experience together.

I got to watch Dylan graduate high school. We had only been dating a few months but it was great to watch him get his diploma. I also got to congratulate him on buying his first car. He even helped me get a reliable car to last me the rest of college, something I could not have done without him.

For Christmas, he gave me a promise ring, which was one of my happiest moments so far. I gave him one as well and they are reminders of how much we love each other and where we've been.

I would have never grown in the ways that I have or achieved the happiness I have at this moment if I hadn't gotten on tinder and swiped right on the love of my life.

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